March Storms Awaken Ski and Snow Recreation Industries for Spring

Sierra Rec Magazine, March 8, 2017 –  As we prepared to spring ahead our clocks this weekend in the Sierra, most of us are still sitting in a stunned exuberance of the past weeks’ blizzard that restored hope in the 2017/2018 winter season.  Reports of 5-8 feet of fresh snow have fallen in the High Sierra. Ski resorts received multiple feet of skiable snow that could help them stay open into April for spring skiing, plus more storms may be lining up bringing about wild hopes of the past miracle March snow storms which at one time brought over 20 feet in the Month of March alone.

At various Ski resorts this weekend major winter events will be able to welcome their competitors and recreational skiers with complete sets of runs and piles of fresh snow to track. Groomers have been busy opening more of the mountains and managing the snow for long-haul spring skiing. Cross Country Skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoe recreation, as well as sledding all return to the Sierra at full capacity high in the Sierra bringing a much-needed business boost to surrounding communities as visitors head to the mountains and locals go back to work.

Are you heading to the Mountains this weekend? Here is a short list of events and recreational activities you might find while playing in the Sierra.

Subaru Winterfest  – Saturday, March 10th – Sierra At Tahoe Hosts invites you to a one-of-a-kind mountain destination and lifestyle tour where skiers and snowboarders can come together and share their passion for all things winter.

Come enjoy live music by emerging artists brought to you by Harman Kardon®. Relax with your friends and family while enjoying s’mores and craft coffee or jam out to SiriusXM®. Participate in daily giveaways and test the latest gear from our friends at Nordica, Lib Tech, Thule, Klean Kanteen and more. Plus, plan to meet adventurous Subaru owners and learn how you can support Avalanche Rescue Dogs.

WINTER FIREWORKS – Saturday, March 10th at Squaw Valley – The winter fireworks celebration at Squaw Valley! Every Saturday through March 31 we’ll be lighting the night air with a special fireworks show on the KT Base Bar. Plaza Bar will be open with a complimentary hot cocoa bar for the kids and full food and beverage menu for the whole family. 6:30 pm kicks off festivities.

The U.S. Revolution Tour Returns to Mammoth – Sunday, March 11 – Friday, March 16th – proven to be a progressive venue for junior riders to take to the competitive stage in halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air, the U.S. Revolution Tour was designed as a stepping-stone for athletes to make the transition from the grassroots events to the elite level.  This March, the tour will showcase top amateur riders competing in the Unbound’s famed Main Park and 22-foot halfpipe.

KHOP @95-1 “Sick Day” – At Bear Valley Ski Resort, Friday, March 9th -KHOP radio station is giving their DJ’s the day off,  Friday, March 9th, to join us at the mountain!  Free tickets, prizes, and ‘sick notes’ available all day long. Stick around for March 10 Nastar Races on the mountain and enjoy the Over 36″ of snow that fell last weekend on the mountain.

TAHOE JUNIOR FREERIDE SERIES- JUNIOR NATIONAL – Kirkwood Ski Resort – Watch the best up and comer skiers and snowboarders test their skills on the big mountain. DATES: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Mar 08 – Mar 11.  Saturday Hop across the highway to take part in  Sunset Snowshoe Trek – Come enjoy the colors of the sunset while hiking our trails.  Experience a beautiful sunset to the West and Red Cliffs alpenglow to the East.

Roses are Rad Winter Film Festival – MT Rose, Friday March 9th – A Collection of awesome footage from Skiers and Snowboarders – Friday, March 9th at Cargo, Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno 6pm . The best videos will be screened, and awards ceremony will be held immediately after the screening.

Guided UTV Tours at Heavenly – Looking for something different in exploring the fresh snow at high elevation? Introducing a brand NEW winter experience at Heavenly!  We are offering a winter guided UTV tour.

Grab the Snowshoes and Cross Country Skis – Make your own adventure in the Sierra.

With the fresh snow on the ground and more possibly on the way, March is setting up to be a perfect time to go winter exploring.   Drive safe into the mountains, find a pullout and have yourself a beautiful adventure.  But a couple tips, remember in the Sierra now you must have a winter recreation permit in order to park in most Sierra Locations along the highway. Also, check the Avalanche danger in the region you are traveling, we saw several avalanche problems last weekend.


Sierra REC Magazine is dedicated to sharing the events, news and adventure opportunities that exist in The Sierra Mountains. From Lassen Volcanic National Park to the North down through the Central Sierra and the Lake Tahoe Basin through the rugged eastern slopes of the Mono County and Yosemite National park to the southern tips near Sequoia National Park and the PCT trail. We invite you to share stories, trips and photos from your adventures in the  Sierra. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter Google +  and You-Tube or email us your events and photos at sierrarecinfo@gmail.com  #goexplore